A report from Digitimes today says Apple may shift even more of its iPhone production towards the iPhone 6 Plus. Higher than expected demand for the “HUGE!” handsets is why. Chinese consumers have shown a strong preference for the larger iPhone.
As a result, Apple may be forced to shift more production capacity to the 5.5-inch model, said the sources, adding that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus supply ratio is likely to change to 55:45 from 70:30 or 65:35 set originally.
Monday’s Q4 2014 earnings call saw Apple CEO Tim Cook commenting that demand for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was “far outstripping” the supply. Supplies of both handsets have remained tight since their September debut, with iPhone 6 orders showing a shipping estimate of 7-10 business days, and the iPhone 6 Plus still showing shipping times of 3-4 weeks.
Earlier this month, a report claimed Apple would be shifting iPhone production balance toward the iPhone 6 Plus, due to heavier than expected demand, while another report claimed Apple’s much-rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” would be delayed, due to Apple concentrating on iPhone 6 Plus production.